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Sunday, December 21, 2014

We finally trimmed our tree.

YES, WE DID ... 

we trimmed our tree.

Last year, one-half of our small oak tree in the front yard died and we removed that limb. 


This year the other limb died and we trimmed it off because I wanted that perfect limb to put on our front porch to hang Christmas lights on. 
I climbed an 8' ladder and took seven feet of that limb up to the ceiling of the porch. I cut the end at a bevel to fit flat against the header ... mounted it with two large screws and suspended it at the middle from the ceiling. 

(this was scary, up so high)

... added 100 LED white lights ...

... and about 145 plastic icicles or prisms.

... to hang the icicles/prisms; we drilled tiny holes in each one and added wire to the top.

... icicles are vintage 1950 ... I suspect they were lamp prisms.
I put the same style prisms on my recycled porch chandy when I made it years ago. 

... now I have a tree limb loaded with icicles ... looks really cool.

... wish I had painted the limb white but thought about using it all year with other decorations ...

Party Every Monday NightThanks Donna for featuring this blog. 


Linking to: 
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    co-host Tamara from Etcetorize


  1. Well that is an original and beautiful idea Audrey. I am sure it is even more beautiful at night with all the lights and the prisms.
    Happy Christmas.

  2. It is so pretty. I used one on the porch during Halloween. Now I wish I'd kept it. Just beautiful.

  3. That is really beautiful Audrey! I love it. It must look absolutely amazing at night. Happy Christmas!

  4. Love love love this! What a charming touch. Thanks for sharing, and Merry Christmas.

  5. I LOVE it! I think it is so beautiful. I did that one year instead of a balsam and my kids had a FIT! LOL But it is a wonderful way to use those branches and to make the porch and everything else look so festive. Perfect!

  6. I love this! So simple, rustic, yet elegant! Merry Christmas to you!

  7. WOW, Audrey, you outdid my framed balls tree by a country mile. I love all the icicles. Can you save it for next year?

  8. It looks so beautiful, Audrey! It adds such a charming touch to your home. Merry Christmas to you :)

  9. What a brave and ambitious lady you are!! Beautiful!! Merrry Christmas! Nancy

  10. Audrey, it looks magical--LOVE it! Merry Christmas, sweet Friend! Cecilia

  11. You are pretty darn amazing, Audrey! Love your fabulous, sparkly tree branch. (You were very brave to do all that working getting it up there on a ladder!) Hope your Christmas is filled with love and blessings,

  12. You are a daring soul, Audrey!! What a beautiful way to use that branch though. I hope your Christmas was wonderful!

  13. Mercy me, woman...climbing around up so high, working so hard...and, boy, does it look amazing. Just beautiful...I would love to see it in person.
    Glad ya'll had a good holiday.

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  15. Congratulations, Audrey! Your beautifully decorated Christmas branch is a feature tonight on the last Make It Monday. Come grab a featured button.

  16. As soon as I started reading this I thought, I hope she leaves that up all year, so I'm glad you already thought of that. Love it!

  17. Oh wow, Audrey! Love the limb idea. So unique to have it on the ceiling. You always have the best ideas. Thanks a million for stopping by and commenting. Hope your New Year is wonderful. :)

  18. Audrey, it's stunning! I love it for a year-round decoration. You're brave as well as tastefully creative! What a wonderful way to turn lemons into lemonade...or a dead tree into a beautiful sculpture. : )

  19. I love it Audrey! I might have to try this, too. You are sooo creative!
    Wishing you a happy and blessed new year!


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